15s bow out of the cup


Creggs 15s bowed out of the cup on Saturday last going down 32 – 5 away to favourites for the competition, Castlebar. Down many of our key players it was always going to be a big ask but conceding a try in the first minute was not what was needed. Their influential 6′-2” no.8 Jack Heavey broke from a scrum on the left just outside the 22. A terrific tackle by Conor McNeill should have saved the try but a brilliant offload out of the tackle by Heavey put his left winger in the corner, with the conversion being missed. We could not get our hands on the ball and all that pressure saw Heavey dive over from close in. A successful penalty on half time left the score at 13- nil to Castlebar.

The second half resumption was a carbon copy of the first half, with Heavey making all the running to put his right winger away within a minute, The conversion was good and at 20-nil Creggs looked dead and buried. However the boys rallied well and some storming runs by the returning Ronan Cahill breathed new life into the team and after many carries and rucks the ball was moved to outside centre Adam Whyte whose arcing run put him over on the left hand side. Minutes later a lovely break and pass by Brian Diffley looked to have Whyte in again but a handling error cost a certain try. After that 12 minute spell of Creggs dominance Castlebar came back with another try in the 55th minute as our lack of substitutes began to take its toil. Straight from the drop out the ball was caught by Heavey on his 10m line and he was able to go untouched the whole distance for try no.6. The final whistle came with Creggs attacking and really the lads have to be commended for never giving up.

It would be fair to say that we made Castlebar look better than they are on the day. but going into these big games with lack of numbers is always going to catch you.With a full squad the plate is a reasonable objective and hopefully everyone will pull together for the next 5 weeks or so. Training again on Wednesday night at 7pm

Team; Max Bannon,Rory Cunniffe,Ronan Cahill,Aidan Devine,James Fetherstone,Thomas O Byrne,Edward Clinton,Sean Doorly,James McNally,Conor Shanagher,Brian Diffley,Mark Tarmey,Conor McNeill,Richard Thomson,Andrew Mannion.

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Well done to the Creggs U16 and Creggs U18 Girls teams who have both qualified for the Final of the Connacht U18 and U16 Girls Division 1 Leagues.

Fantastic achievement for the club in our first year fielding in Division 1 of the U18 league and only our 4th season since we set up the girls youth section in the club.

The Girls u18 final will take place in Dunmore next Saturday at 12pm V Claremorris while the Girls u16 Final will take place the following weekend against Ballina.
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Creggs RFC U.13s suffered yet another narrow defeat on Sunday last, this time away to Ballina in Sunday morning last. After conceding an early try from a Ballina scrum we were under real pressure when Brian O Connor put in a tremendous try saving tackle and we managed to force a turn over under our own posts and clear. We finally got a foothold in the opposing half and after a superb attacking scrum and great drives from Matthew Donnelly and Jack Lally the ball was fed to winger Luke Hayes who danced around the despairing Ballina defence to cross the line right on half time. Scoreline Ballina 7. Creggs 5 at the break.
The second half played out like the first with some resolute defence from the Creggs lads. However the line was breached on 12 minutes and now we faced a 7 point deficit. With just 3 minutes remaining and having put in a ferocious defensive display we were rewarded with a try by Michael O Brien who was in the right place at the right time to punish a poor Ballina defensive kick to leave just 2 points between the sides. In the last play of the game though we came unstuck while trying desperately to find the winning score as Ballina scored in the corner to leave the full time score Ballina 17. Creggs 10.
Training continues Wednesday evenings at 7 and we are away to Buccaneers next weekend.
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